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hello to all our viewers around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and i'm errol barnett. coming up this hour -- >> we will fly again soon as we can safely and with confidence. >> a launch turns into a disaster. now nasa's on a mission to figure out what went wrong. >> how to handle a life-threatening disease. the u.s. president speaks out about the government's response. >> in hawaii, a slow-moving force of nature threatens communities. we'll take you on an arrial tour. >> in the battle against isis, we'll go to the front lines to
introduce you to the men and women confronting the militant threat. thanks for joining us. it looked like a perfect launch initially on a picture perfect aukt evening. but then an unmanned rocket exploded just seconds after lift-off. >> we want to show you how it happened in realtime tuesday night on the virginia coast. watch this. >> and we have lift-off of the antares, on this is third mission to the iss. main engine at 108% --
>> launch team, launch team, be advised, stay at your consoles. maintain your positions in your consoles. in the lcc, maintain position -- >> just stunning to watch that. >> unbelievable. >> and you also saw the explosion and heard it there. bit of a delay on the video shortly after. the fire was raging after that rocket fell back to earth. it did seem to heavily damage the launch pad. it's 3:00 a.m. on the east coast in the u.s. soon as daylight comes, they'll be spending a special team to investigate what happened. that rocket was carrying food and supplies and classified equipment as it was on its way to the international space station. >> the rocket was valued at $200 million. the private contractor will lead the investigation into the explosion. the u.s. federal aviation administration and nasa will assist. >> our team worked very hard to prepare it. we conducted a lot of testing and analysis to get ready for this mission. however, something went wrong, and we will find out what that
is. we will determine the root cause, and we will correct that and we'll come back and fly here at wallops again. hopefully in the very near future. but we'll do all the things that are necessary to make sure it is as safe as we can make it, and that we do solve the immediate problem of this particular mission. >> let's go ahead and show you another view of the explosion. this is from a pilot who was watching it all happen from a small plane. the weather was just perfect at the time, as you can see by the visibility here. and you see the flames and then the huge fireball when it crashes back down to the earth. the launch had already been delayed a day because a boat was too close down range in the rocket's flight path. >> incredible images there. nasa officials are promising a thorough investigation to find the cause of the explosion and fix the problem. i talked about it with cnn aviation analyst myles o'brian. >> do you have any idea, of course they don't know at this point, but from what you're able
to piece together so far, what do you think went wrong here? >> well, it's complicated business. they don't call it rocket science for nothing. and getting from zero to 17,500 miles an hour is not an easy task. people forget this is not routine business. it is not. the fact that it happens at all is an amazing an amazing an ama. and it didn't take much to go wrong to have things go wrong in a cat clis mick way. we're talking about oxygen and fuel pumped in at huge rates. swing pools as quickly as a second, that kind of rate. and with its explosive capability, with a small leak, or a small failure of a turbo pump, can cause cataclysmic results very quickly. it's a reminder to all of us that getting to space is not easy. it's a good thing that all the safety net around the entire
launch, led to, yes, the launch of a rocket, some proper damage, but nobody got hurt. >> that's the critical thing. we know from nasa officials, that they will send out a team to try to discern what went wrong here, and to assess the damage to the launch pad there. how long do you think it will take them to piece this together and work out what exactly went wrong so that it won't happen again? >> well, you know, it's interesting. we talk about the crash of a commercial airliner, we're always looking for the blackhawks. harkening back to mh370. we'd like to know where that black box is. the black box is essentially on the ground in mission control. so it won't take long for them to put together what went wrong and where the problem was very quickly. when you see mission control and the people at the monitors, they are looking at in real time, what's happening on that rocket.
so the forensics in this situation are -- i'm not going to say it's easy, but getting the data is not as much of a problem as it would be if you're looking for the black boxes, say, for an airliner. >> we know on board there was food supplies, equipment. but at this point, do we know if the international space station, the members there, the crew members, were reliant on those supplies getting to them? how long can they last before another rocket needs to be sent out to send those food supplies, specifically? >> well, nobody's going to starve on the international space station. we shouldn't worry about that. there are plenty of extra supplies on board. and there's a steady stream of rock theats make their way up to the space station to resupply it. the california based company spacex is spending rockets up there under a similar contract with nasa. the russians have their progress
vehicles. the japanese have the capability. there's lots of ways to get to the space station and get supplies to it. it may mean the next one would have more food rather than equipment. but there's plenty of margin in this process. if you're an engineer for nasa, you have to assume there will be failures like this, you can't assume every rocket is going to arrive like the fedex truck in the morning. just doesn't work that way. >> miles o'brian, always a pleasure. thanks so much for your analysis. we appreciate it. all right, at this point, we want to bring you some breaking news coming to us out of zambia on the southern african continent. the president michael sata has died. he had been receiving medical care for the past week. we don't have word yet on the
exact cause of death. but the 77-year-old president was unable to address the u.n. general assembly last month, you may remember, there were suspicions and questions at that time about his health. the video you're seeing now is from last year. he left for treatment in london abruptly missing the 50th anniversary of zambia's independence, a very big event, participated by many in the country. mr. sata appointed his minister of defense and justice as acting president before he left for london. we're just getting this confirmation now from the zambian government. do stay with us as we chase additional details. but this unfortunate news into cnn. zambia's president, michael sata, has died. all right, we want to go to kazakhstan now, we're actually looking at a russian soyuz rocket about to launch. and it is taking,
coincidentally, supplies to the international space station. now, of course just moments ago, i was talking to miles o'brian, who was explaining at some point another rocket would go toward the international space station, and would take supplies. because the one that blew up, the one we were telling you about, that explosion took with it all of the food supplies that were heading for the iss, to the crew members there. they do have supplies on stand by. they're not going to run out of water or food. but they certainly want to make sure that that remains the case. so we're waiting here in actual fact this very minute, it is supposed to take off. so we're waiting for that countdown to watch this launch in kazakhstan. you can see there, it's being released. we're ready for lift-off. and of course we're hoping for smooth sailing. it looks like it's great weather on this day. and we're hoping it will be
quite a contrast to what we saw off the coast of virginia on tuesday. here we go. doing the countdown. let's listen. >> we have main engine start. >> engine turbo pumps coming up to flight speed. engines at maximum thrust and lift-off. lift-off of the iss progress 57 cargo ship, bound on a fast-track to the international space station. all first stage engines are up and running, in good shape, all parameters are normal according to the report at baikonur. >> all structural parameters in good shape, 40 seconds into the flight. >> all looking good so far.
and i must say, i don't know about you, but i was certainly holding my breath, certainly after you've been covering an explosion of a similar rocket, taking supplies to the international space station. it is a little uneveryone nervi. as miles mentioned, it's not routine business sending these rockets into space. there's a lot that has to go right. we've seen it many times. things go wrong. rockets explode. but in this instance, it certainly looks like from here that this has been a successful lift-off in kazakhstan, of this supply rocket to the international space station, taking food, taking equipment to the crew members that are there. so that is good to see on a lovely clear day in kazakhstan. and now to this, syrian
kurds defending the city of kobani against isis are about to get some badly needed help. around 160 peshmerga fighters are passing through uon their w. >> the troops will bring weapons and will join the fight against isis. as you can hear, the battle rages on in kobani in this cnn video, shot just a short time ago. >> now, we want to focus on the syrian kurds, and what they are fighting for. turkey says they have links to other kurds that it regards as terrorists. but the u.s. is counting them as its newest ally against isis. ivan watson has more. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: don't be fooled by the pretty song. these women are part of a militia that is isis's most deadly enemy in syria.
kurdish fighters from the people's protection unit, our ypg. they've fought isis in the ground in syria for more than a year. only recently they started getting help from the u.s. in the form of air strikes and weapons drops. a surprising turn of events for this secular marxist-rooted movement, which includes many fighters who have long battled america's nato ally, turkey. >> an important part of this kurdish movement's ideology is founded on gender equality. that means female fighters fight and bleed on the front lines. that stands in sharp contrast to isis, which has been covering women up and hiding them from public life. addressing the crowd, a top kurdish official, who urges the fighters to protect their people from becoming slaves of isis. she is the co-president of one of three kurdish statelets in
northern syria that have largely governed themselves for the last three years. >> translator: our dream is to build a democratic society that includes arabs, christians, and kurds, living together in unity. >> reporter: the kurds call their region rojava. some of them clearly proud of their experiment in self-rule. life in the town of dedic looks relatively peaceful and secular. unlike other parts of syria taken over by islamist militias. but the streets here feel empty. many of the town's christian residents have fled and more keep leaving. >> this is a sad day for your family. why? >> yes, because they were driven from our country. >> peter's tearful mother and sister wave goodbye from inside a 1954 ford desoto. their final destination, germany. >> the town's shrinking
christian flock can still walk to sunday school, enjoying the protection of the kurds. but the kurds are paying dearly. at this memorial ceremony, mothers and wives of dead fighters and this widow. she said isis killed her husband last year and mutilated his body. >> translator: if i didn't have these children, i myself would go and fight. >> reporter: her young son already wears the uniform of a future kurdish fighter. ivan watson, cnn, northern syria. the white house is investigating some suspicious cyber activity on its computer network, but it's not calling this a hacking incident, and it's not placing any blame either. a white house official tells cnn the investigation has resulted in some temporary outages in the system, but that official stressed that the outages stem from the investigation itself and not have suspicious activity. rosemary? and the u.s. is beefing up
security on the ground as well. that's to protect nearly 10,000 government buildings, and the 1.4 million people who visit them each day. the department of homeland security calls it a precautionary move. it's in response to terrorist calls for strikes on american soil and other targets, after two deadly attacks in canada last week. well, the u.s. president is trying to ease worries, while taking aim at several state governors. still to come for you, the ongoing debate over ebola policy. what the white house is doing and how critics are responding. >> plus, lava from a volcano is nearly at the doorstep of some homes in hawaii. we take a look at its destructive path. that's next.
welcome back. the second u.s. nurse who was infected with ebola is now out of the hospital. amber vinson contracted the virus after treating a liberian man at a hospital in texas. >> her case raised additional concerns because she flew on two commercial flights after treating him. with her release, there is now only one patient battling ebola in the united states. >> i want to sincerely thank the professionals who have contributed to my care here at emory and at texas health presbyterian hospital dallas.
as a nurse and now as someone who has experienced what it's like to be cared for through a life-threatening illness, i'm so appreciative and grateful for your exceptional skill, warmth, and care. while this is a day for celebration and gratitude, i ask that we not lose focus on the thousands of families who continue to labor under the burden of this disease in west africa. >> and it is certainly great to see her released from hospital and feeling obviously much better. >> one thing i noticed for these nurses, they are thrust into the national and international spotlight, beyond the experience of having ebola, ter easea ramos in spain as well. >> and way before any of these nations had a grasp of how they should respond. >> exactly. >> so they were at the front lines, basically. >> yes. >> and u.s. president obama is planning a meeting at the white house aimed at underscoring his support of ebola volunteers. >> he's also clear in his
opposition to quarantines enacted by individual states. but as jim acosta reports, critics insist the u.s. policy on ebola remains inconsistent. >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: president obama tried to address a critical part of an ebola response, containing an outbreak of fear. >> this is something that will get fixed. america in the end is not defined by fear. >> reporter: so the president called on stage to follow the cdc's less stringent guidelines for health care workers returning from west africa and to steer clear of tough quarantine rules. >> we got to make sure that those workers who are willing and able and dedicated to go over there in a really tough job, that they're applauded, thanked and supported. >> that was a not so subtle jab at new jersey governor chris christie. he was asked whether he might be sued. >> whatever. get in line.
get in line, i'm happy to take it on. >> but even as the president tried to calm fears, his administration created more confusion with the army going beyond protocols and placing soldiers in quarantine. >> i don't understand how the government can take jabs at the governors of new york and new jersey for doing things that his own military is doing. >> as the new york daily news put it, where the hell czar you? since joining the administration, klain has been out of the public eye and his twitter account has gone silent. the white house press secretary insisted klain has performed well in his first week on the job. >> what has he done? >> well, there are -- i guess there are a couple ways to answer that question. ron has arrived early in the morning, stayed till late at night, convened a variety of meetings with senior officials at the white house. >> the president will be meeting with doctors who have been in the ebola hot zone here at the
white house on wednesday. this comes days after the president hugged a nurse who contracted ebola in dallas and survived. all part of a white house strategy to try to make the point that health care workers fighting ebola should be embraced, not feared. jim acosta, cnn, the white house. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is now in bish's capital. >> that's right. samantha power arrived in monrovia tuesday. she told reporters she wants her visit to show solidarity with the people in west africa, so they know they're not alone in facing this ebola epidemic. the world health organization counts more than 10,000 confirmed or suspected cases of ebola in west africa. more than 4,900 of them have been fatal. it's feared the real numbers could be much higher. we are watching a river of hot molten lava closing in on a town in hawaii.
but about 40 to the 50 homes are among the first group of residents in its projected path. >> what will the next day hold? ivan cabrera joins us now with what local residents can expect. people do get volcano insurance, to some extent, right? these are constantly bubbling islands. nlts absolutely. these are volcanic islands. some of the residents have been saying basically they expected it at some point here, but it's always sad when it happens to you. by the way, those pictures there, the black smoke you saw, i believe that was when it rolled through essentially some abandoned cars and some tires that were in its path here. so we were burning rubber along the way. and my goodness with 2,000-degree heat, yeah, anything in its way is going to be taken here. and as rosemary mentioned, that farm shed has been impacted, the first residential property to be impacted, but that's just the beginning. let's reset in case you've not
been following. the volcano itself has been spewing lava for about 30 years. and it's been doing so safely down to the south towards the ocean. but what happened over the summer, we had vents that opened up in the crater to the north and east. so that flow has been moving to the north and east where we have a land mass here, and specifically pahoa. so it's a slow-motion event since this summer to the current time. and that's why we've had plenty of time for people to be warned and to get out of the way. so where we are right now, as of last check from the usgs, this is where they were tracking it yesterday. in addition to that, they're saying it's about 300 meters away from the main road, which is right here. so that would put the current flow right there and heading towards those homes, about 40 to 50 structures stand in the way of the lava. those could be either partially or completely destroyed. we'll have to watch closely.
but hawaii civil defense are saying they are not going to allow for anyone to get close to the danger there and they will be telling folks to get out of the way as this lava slowly approaches the area. guys? >> all right, ivan, thank you very much. now, an unmanned rocket with classified equipment on board, gone in an instant. another look at this stunning crash, and the key questions about what caused it, coming up. and we will have the latest on the attack on canada's parliament one week on. we're back in a moment. what'sf cheerios? honey nut. but... chocolate is my other favorite... oh yeah, and frosted! what's your most favorite of all? hmm...the kind i have with you. me too.
you this hour. nasa will assist in the investigation of the rocket explosion on the virginia coast. the unmanned rocket blew up just seconds after takeoff tuesday night. there's a lot of damage, but no deaths or injuries thankfully. the rocket was carrying food and supplies to the international space station. >> we do have this breaking news development to bring you this hour. zambian president michael sata has died at age 77. it happened tuesday evening in london. officials did not give a cause of death. but he had traveled to london for unspecified medical treatment just last week. he took office back in 2011 and was hailed -- the country was hailed for its democracy. but speculation over his health had intensified since then. about 160 iraqi peshmerga fighters are making their way to kobani. this is new video of them crossing the border from turkey. the troops will help syrian
kurds defend the city from advancing isis militants. the peshmerga are expected to reach kobani soon. government officials say the police chief of ferguson, missouri, will step down as soon as next week, possibly. however, both the mayor and chief deny that. ferguson's been in turmoil since august when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. let's go back to that rocket that blew up over virginia. it was actually valued at $200 million. the explosion happened in a matter of seconds. but the investigation will take weeks, perhaps months. cnn's john foreman has more. >> the destruction of this antares rocket took less than 20 seconds. at launch, everything looked fine, but within a matter of moments, it was clear something was going wrong. the company that built this said that they saw the vehicle stop, there was some disassembly of it
and then it fell to earth, blowing to pieces like that. that's really all they know at this point, because they have to collect all the bits of debris and put it all back together. it's important to them for a lot of reasons, safety being one of them, also because they have a $1.8 billion contract with nasa for eight trips to the international space station. now they must begin the forensic work of picking up the pieces, analyzing the telemetry of that rocket and figuring out what went wrong to produce such a cataclysmic end to this launch. >> our thanks to tom foreman for that report. well, tuesday was a day of mourning in canada. ♪ ♪ [ bagpipes playing ] >> thousands gathered to pay respects to corporal nathan cirillo, who was gunned down last week. he was attacked by michael
zehaf-bibeau while standing guard at the national war memorial in ottawa. authorities shot him and have since learned he had ties to jihadists. at the ceremony, cirillo's commanding officer praised the slain soldier. >> he never took the tough knocks personally. he just smiled and soldiered on, both in the regimen and in life. loyal, tough, loving, true. his family knew it. his regimen knew it, and now canadians know it. rest in peace, corporal cirillo. your argyle family will not forget. >> and cirillo leaves behind a 5-year-old son, pictured here. the prime minister urged canadians to pray for the surviving family and said he hoped the boy would find comfort
in knowing the entire country was looking after his late father. investigators in canada say the soldier's murder was part of a suspected terror attack. earlier, i spoke with katie simpson of ctv and she told me new information that authorities had been telling her. katie, it has been a full week now since this horrific attack. what's the status of the investigation? what new information do we know now that wasn't apparent this time last week? >> well, canada's national police force, the rcmp are examine ag video they found on the suspects, on one of his personal devices. they wouldn't say if it was a laptop or cell phone. but they found this video and they're calling it a piece of evidence that they say leads them to believe it was a planned terror attack. now, police have said they had little to no warning about what happened one week ago and they're now combing through that video, trying to see if those intentions were shared with
anyone. and they're trying to track down anyone who may have had contact with the suspects in the days leading up to last wednesday's attack. >> well, that's interesting, because up until now, they were still wondering if this was perhaps a deranged individual. they were looking into his criminal record. there were no obvious signs that he was working with others, or was, in fact, part of some international terror network. what was this, this new piece of evidence specifically? what are you hearing about why they're now leaning toward charges -- or calling this an act of terror? >> well, it's something that's sort of evolved over the past few days. the suspect's mother came forward to say she didn't think her son was acting under some grand ideology. and to her, the heart of this was mental illness. however, later that day, the same day that she came forward to make those claims, we heard from the head of the rcmp who said, no, this was an ideology cal and political attack on canada's parliament, that did
kill a canada soldier, and they said that in this video that the suspect lays out his reang and that it was ideology cal. >> katie, ottawa is your beat. one thing i remember from the day this incident took place is that canadians were resolute that canadians wanted to keep their open way of life and really to not change because of this now suspected terror attack. in your view, based on what you've seen there in the past few days, have things changed? either socially or even politically? >> well, parliament hill has re-opened to the public. it was closed for several days. and canada's parliament is very open. we have a very large front lawn. it's usually full of tourists or canadians. there are open tours throughout the house of commons. it's something that members of parliament are very proud of. they were proud when tours and visitations resumed earlier this week, but you can definitely see a change in security. at the national war memorial
where corporal nathan cirillo was shot and killed, there are police officers on guard with sub-machine-guns. that is something you do not typically see in a canadian city, or typically see in ottawa. and on parliament hill, we are starting to see those officers, those guards, they're armed now. and you're starting to see them with very large weapons. so that's very different for canadians. but parliament has re-opened. the public is welcome once again to the front lawn and of course in center block where the deadly shooting took place. >> all right, katie simpson, the national reporter for ctv speaking to me from ottawa, canada. katie, thanks. now to another story we've been following. a u.s. football fan who disappeared during half-time at a denver broncos game has been found safe. police said paul kitterman was located in pueblo, colorado, more than 100 miles from where he disappeared. he was attending a night game
with his stepson on thursday when he vanished while the boy went to the bathroom. denver police say he was found unharmed and no foul play is suspected. still to come, the czech republic bestows its highest honor on a british man for saving hundreds of jewish families from the nazis. plus, google's research lab thinks small as it works on a way to detect diseases in the human body. we're back in a moment.
>> age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. at the going-down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them. >> a solemn ceremony in belgium tuesday marking the 100th anniversary of a key battle of world war i, the first battle of ypres, a bid to stem the german advance, it helped keep the area under ally control for the entire war. the ceremony was hosted by the belgian king and queen and attended by representatives from countries around the world. also on tuesday, hundreds gathered to honor a hero from the second world war. >> that's right. jim bowlen has his story. >> his family first said he was too old to attend tuesday's
ceremony. but 105-year-old nicholas winton did make it. flown in from london to prague to receive the czech republic's highest honor, the order of the white lion. and to meet some of the 669 czech people and their families he is credited with saving just before the outbreak of the second world war. >> thank you very much for the great honor you have done to his memory by conferring upon him in memoriam, this wonderful insignia. >> winton has been dubbed the british oscar schindler. as a 29-year-old stockbroker, winton arranged a kinder transport to get the children, most of whom were jewish, out of the country. he helped to get a permit for each child and crucially, organized foster families for each child. in order for british authorities to let them stay. winton down plays what he did,
as he told cnn in 2013. >> of course it's wrong to say i was saving children's lives. i mean, there was no war on. you know, it was all very speculative at the time. it's easier to say now, saving lives, because we know what happened subsequently. but we didn't at the time. i mean, it might have all been for nothing. nothing might have happened. >> there were eight winton kinder transports from prague to london. a ninth train did not get out in time. of the 250 children on that transport, none have believed to have survived. >> i mean, that's very gratifying to know that what i did was successful. but if other countries had
participated, we could have saved many more. if the americans had taken children at the time. >> winton's exploits only came to light in the late 1980s when his wife found his scrapbook. he is not well-known outside of britain, other than in the czech republic, where he's a national hero. in prague's main train station, a memorial with a bespectacled winton stands proudly on platform one. >> great man and a true hero there. >> absolutely. well, google wants to take the term "search engine" to a whole new level. they're using nanotechnology to develop a pill that can search the body for cancer and other diseases. the head of google x's life sciences department explains how the pill would work. >> essentially the idea is simple. you swallow a pill with the
particles in there decorated with anti-bodies or molecules that dedetect other molecules. they course through your body. because of the core of these particles are magnetic, you can call them somewhere. if you look at your wrist, you can see superficial veins. by putting a magnet there, you can trap them and ask them what they saw. the analogy in medicine is like, imagine you want to explore parissian cult ur and you do it by flying a helicopter over once a year. that's what we're hoping to do, go out and mingle with the people, call them back to one place and ask them, what did you say? did you find cancer is this did you see something that looks like a fragile plaque for i heart attack? >> i love the way he explains that. >> it's a great explanation. the potential for that is huge. >> and he's clearly very excited about the whole thing. i am too. i think it's a great thing.
we'll see what happens. >> sounds like it's something out of star trek, but this is the modern era. he said the research is still in early stijs, but it's promising enough to keep the project going. talking sports now, game 7 in major league's world series. the royals escaped elimination by crushing the giants 10-0 tuesday night. the series is now all tied up at three games apiece. game 7 is wednesday night. just ahead here on cnn, hello kitty. we'll show you why this lioness has become a media sensation. every day people fall, from a simple misstep,
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call now. okay, we are getting word of a deadly landslide in sri lanka. what do you know? >> we know at least two people have died and upward of 200 are missing here in this disaster that just occurred today. i'm showing you the satellite here because i think weather has played a role as we take a look. this is toward the south in hilly terrain here. you can see it's a 36-hour loop. the explosion thunderstorms that have rolled through the area here. in fact, some of the nasa satellites estimating upwards of 600 millimeters in the last week here. so the terrain is saturated. and when you talk about the hills that are prevalent across
this part of the world here, you can certainly run into trouble. in fact, i'll be able to show you just what we're talking about here. here are the pockets are very high mountains down to the south. preliminary situation here. the problem that i see, they're going to be doing the search and rescue under unsettled weather over the next few days. you can see this flow that is just streaming in from the east. so when you get the day time heating, the thunderstorm activity will become more explosive and torrential rain will be with us over the next couple days. keep you posted on that. but just getting word, upwards of 200 people missing in the district of beddulea, as a result of what i believe, the heavy rain contributed to it. do want to update you on the third strongest cyclone to ever form in the arabian see.
nilofar. it was very close to phet from 2010. the strongest three occurring in the 2000s. here we are with the latest on cyclone nilofar. we're now down to 195 and i don't think it's even at that point now, because we're continuing to see the weakening over the next few days. so as we've been saying, this was going to peak over ocean, and as it moves north and east and impacts tack stan and india, this weekend it will be bringing rains, but i don't think it will be destructive by any means. it would be the equivalent of a tropical storm in the western pacific or the atlantic. guys? >> all right, ivan, thanks. a cheating scandal is rocking china right now. one involving gadgets that could have come from a spy novel. >> now a report on the extraordinary measures thousands of students allegedly took to
participate in the scheme. >> reporter: it's organized cheating on a massive scale. 2,440 people busted, while taking china's national pharmacist license test. that's according to chinese state media. cc tv says the test takers had sophisticated technology, allegedly wearing ear phones that allowed them to hear test answers read out over a radio signal. one, two, three, four, and five, represented a, b, c, d and e, the answers to the questions on the test. investigators uncovered the scheme when they detected abnormal radio signals and recorded them. more than 25,000 people took part in the test. officials say they found cheaters at all the test venues. >> translator: we caught more than 700, almost 800 people for
cheating at one test site, as the most severe case, he says. a pharmacy operators are keen to take and pass the exam before 2015 which is the deadline to get a pharmacist license or be disqualified from dispensing medicine. local authorities tell state media that less than half the places where the cheating took place are run by licensed pharmacists. the examinees caught cheating here are being punished by not being allowed to retake the exam for two years. they're also out of the $330 they allegedly paid to get the answered fed to them. cnn, hong kong. amazing stuff, isn't it? so many people involved, but it's out now. well, move over duchess of cambridge. kate middleton may be expecting
a second baby in the spring. >> but it's a lioness getting all the attention right now. >> reporter: it's usually easy to tell when a human celebrity is pregnant. everyone's looking down at their belly, or they're resting a hand on it. but what about this belly? does that look like a baby bump to you? >> we hope. >> reporter: at the cincinnati zoo, their lioness is getting the tabloid tv treatment usually reserved for celebs like -- >> maria baby bump watch. >> but we can see a slight baby bump. >> is that a baby bump i see, jennifer garner? >> i am not pregnant, but i have had three kids and there is a bump. >> bumps can be deceiving, special when the mom stays mum. they're asking, is she or isn't she? fans disagree. awesome bump all the way. versus, bump? where? she's gained 26 pounds in the
last few months. her urine tests came back positive. who knows if she told the baby daddy john? >> they've mated quite a few time. >> reporter: or could the lion be faking it as a giant panda did a couple of months ago. at a breeding research center in china, this panda was thought to be expecting. but turns out what she was expecting was more food. they call it a pseudo pregnancy. the panda behaves in a way that it knows from experience will get it better treatment. >> when i do a certain thing, i get more of what i really like. and in a panda's case, that would be bamboo. >> the idea of lion cubs is extra nice. here are her before screen left, and after pictures. so when are we going to know if the baby bump is actually babies, or just a bump? >> we won't be for sure until
the babies are on the ground, but we hope that will happen in the next month. >> at least she's not hiding her weight gain. >> mariah carey is a house. >> hello kitty was hiding something something. >> say hello to this kitty. she's not letting the cat out of the bag, until the cats are actually out of the bag. >> we hope. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. just have to wait and see. >> fingers crossed there. more lions is a good thing. they're endangered. >> it always is. thank for watching. >> "early start" is next for everyone in the u.s. for everyone else, cnn newsroom. have a great day.
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